Interning at UNRCPD

The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) offers internship positions working in our office in Kathmandu, Nepal, commencing in the mid of May 2019. This is an excellent opportunity for graduate and post-graduate students interested in security matters, particularly arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation, confidence building measures and peace and disarmament education, to get involved with UNRCPD’s work and to assist in the promotion of United Nations global norms of peace and disarmament.

UNRCPD assists countries in Asia and the Pacific in achieving their peace, security and disarmament goals, through provision of substantive support, coordination of activities at sub-regional, regional and international levels, and information sharing on global and regional activities. UNRCPD is part of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.

The internships run for periods of minimum five to preferably six months.  Interns are tasked with drafting, monitoring, research, analysis, conference planning, communications tasks and research assistance to the Director and Deputy Director.  Interns are also provided with the opportunity to take leave from office for travel or holidays.

Eligibility & Main Selection Criteria

  • Students enrolled in an advanced university degree programme (Master’s or higher) in political science, international relations or other relevant social sciences; or, commence internship within one year of graduation;
  • Students with a high level of fluency in English (oral and written). Knowledge of an Asian language is an asset;
  • Students with proof of academic excellence, in particular regarding analysis and research of political and international affairs or security and disarmament matters.  Knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region would be an asset;
  • Experience with website maintenance is an advantage.

Purpose of Internship

The purpose of the UN internship programme is twofold: (a) to provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the UN through assignment to offices within the Secretariat in order to enhance their educational experience and gain experience in the work of the UN; and (b) to provide UN offices with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields. Please note that, in accordance with UN rules and regulations, the internship positions are unpaid.

Kindly note, as mentioned above, to be eligible, you must be able to intern 5-6 months, from mid of May 2019, and be enrolled in an advanced university degree programme, or have been enrolled in such programme no longer than 1 year ago.


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Only complete applications will be considered.